For those school-children who have endured each day of school, Friday afternoons are an escape.

     Friday afternoons will be fun- limited to those people who have been in school all day-every day that week, or absent with an approved excuse. The first hour of this escape will be spent in conversation with one of the following ( the choices rotate on a weekly schedule): a veterinarian, a medical physician, an actor, a musician, an animal shelter supervisor, a ship captain, a corporate executive, an arborist, a small business owner, an airline pilot, a train engineer, etcetera. These people will tell a captive audience the nuances of each career- the triumphs and the tragedies. These rotating discussions will take place over the magical, wonderful amateur radio that is seen in the classroom “Hobby Haven.” A less exciting method of conversation is through Skype or Google plus.

     The second and third hours of these lazy Friday afternoons will be spent in front of computers- learning about wholesome, new and fun hobbies along with script, video, photos and contact information. In these classroom “Hobby Havens”, other students will work on the hobbies of their choosing- quilting, scrapbooking, stamp collecting, archery, model railroading, model airplane flying, amateur radio, gardening, journaling, etcetera.

    The equipment will be available and space will be reserved for these fine hobbies.

    Why do I recommend this radical approach to education? For an answer, please view the “lonely,bullied youth-so sad, yet treatable” page on this website.

“This is handy”

Posted: February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

   When I was in veterinary practice, I sometimes used butterfly needle catheters because of their ease of insertion. However, because of lateral movement of the vein, the needle was prone to puncture the walls of the brachial vein on the dorsal aspect front leg- proximal to the carpus. It also was prone to “back out” of this vein.

     Perhaps a sterile, transparent, flexible yet strong, adhesive backed material could be manufactured. There would be a small hole in the middle of this material for the butterfly needle access point. The strong material would “embrace” the medial, lateral and dorsal sides of the metacarpal veins as they cross the dorsal aspect of the hands. This would prevent medial and lateral movement of these veins while the butterfly catheter is in use. A small tab placed in this material and engineered to pull up to prevent the backward movement of this catheter would also be useful in human and veterinary medicine.

     The caregiver would place this sterile material on top of the hand with the iv access hole on top of the dorsal metacarpal vein. After the needle is inserted, the tab in back of the butterfly would snap up to prevent the catheter from “backing out” of the vein.

“Hospital Humanity”

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

     An indication that hospital administrators care about their patients would be shown if these administrators send gift cards from local small business owners in town to the patients who have recently been discharged from their hospitals. The attached thank you note would also indicate to the patients that hospital administrators exhibit humanity in thought and deed. This small gesture would also benefit the small business owners in the local area who are struggling to survive the competition from the large chain stores in town.

       Society has advanced to the stage of greatly enhanced in-patient satisfaction. Give these hospitalized patients a Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 mobile device ( or similar competing mobile devices) with a set of comfortable ear buds with extra long cords (or use pillows with speakers inside- see my “Recovery Radio” posting) , a customized android leather case-suitable for use attached to the front of the patient’s food tray, a box of alcohol wipes for ear bud and android mobile device sanitization and finally- a lifetime membership in the wonderful “” meditative streaming internet music service (this membership fee is paid for by the hospital staff and the fee is passed on to the patient through the hospitalization fees charged and billed to insurance). The Android tablet mobile devices in their customized cases are given to the patient to take home and the small charges for the mobile device and the lifetime membership are added to the hospitalization fees. The front of the food tray has one small female Android tablet receptacle for patient use after the android in its’ case with the male end of the receptacle is attached through the female receptacle.

     The visual spectrum for the patients’ guided imagery experiences are met through in-hospital streaming of wonderful, idyllic landscape, animal or other panoramic experiences seen through the patients’ new mobile devices.

      Another female tablet receptacle will be in the package that is sent home with the patient. An innovative use for the tablet is seen. The female and male receptacles can be used at home or traveling, again- in an innovative way. No tools are needed for this further use.

      Simply wonderful- modern guided imagery!

amateur radio-morse communiction exhibit       KID’S CLUB units can be kept in psychologists’, psychiatrists’ and school counselors’ offices. They can be taken home, used and returned to the professionals’ offices for a return of the parent’s cash deposit. This concept is attractive if you consider the alternatives now available to divert stress and make new friends in a wholesome, safe way for lonely, bullied youth. The fun, challenges and self esteem elevating attributes of these units are also attractive.  If this concept saves one youngster from suicide- it would be considered valuable.

      Each KID’S CLUB unit consists of a modern, high quality amateur radio receiver, a small “active antenna” for indoor use, a DSP external speaker, a modern morse iambic key and keyer-trainer, the “Code Quick” CD to learn morse easily, a small gel cell twelve volt battery, a set of seven amateur radio comic books and coloring books, the latest Technician class amateur radio license study manual. These items are enclosed in a small, light weight, attractive wooden cabinet to be taken home for use. The modern, iambic key produces dots and dashes electronically. The physical effort once required to send morse is now gone. The modern iambic morse key has two vertical paddles. One paddle sends electronically a string of dots as long as it is pressed. The other vertical paddle sends electronically a string of dashes as long as it is pressed. This produces addicting fun and challenges.  Viewers of my outreach- exhibit are generally amazed when they see and hear me sending morse at speeds at or above thirty words per minute using the modern iambic morse key.  To view photos of the attractive KID’S CLUB enclosure, please view the KID’S CLUB page on this website.

     A small, very thin teen dropped by the youth center. He seemed shy and did not appear to have any friends at the center. He was attracted to my amateur radio station and morse practice station. He was fascinated and did not want to leave when his mother came to take him home. He enthusiastically took the amateur radio comic books I gave him.

     This is a true story about a thirteen year old boy named “Joseph”. Joseph’s mother-Pat inquired about my interest in helping Joseph study for his amateur radio license.  Pat told me that Joseph needed a goal to achieve that would require that he read and study. His reading skills were rather poor and he was struggling with spelling as well. I was also told that Joseph’s speech was poor because he tended to “mumble” and “chew” his words.

     Well, amateur radio came to the rescue. Joseph was so intrigued by the “Now you’re talking” textbook that he could hardly put it down. If he ran across words he was not familiar with, he would ask his parents about them and go from there. His reading skills shot through the roof because he was reading something that he was genuinely interested in. Once I got Joseph started on two meters and he became familiar with the repeaters in the area, he started “talking up a storm”. (written reference narrative available).

     What should be done is provide a school of education ( or school of psychology) university research faculty member(s) to sponsor the KID’S CLUB units for testing analysis in the public school system to provide evidentiary experience.
Would someone out there be willing to work to solicit this sponsor-it would be a good thesis topic for an advanced degree.

      Today’s school system has become too stressful for young people. They are overwhelmed by the stress of trying to keep up with the government mandated school curriculum. The parents, increasingly, cannot help these students with their increasingly inordinate amount of homework. The parents may be “stressed out” from their own societal pressures- single parenting, performance measured careers, economic stress, etc.

     Add the pervasive cruelty of bullying behavior to the students. Many of them simply cannot cope.

      School system administrators have to provide stress diversion for these students. Classrooms have to be started in which students  are informed about new, fun, wholesome, non violent hobbies. For instance- if a bullied student is lonely- he/she will learn about the amazing ,fun “discovery” that can be found in amateur radio and morse communication. This hobby is a relatively unknown way to find and keep worldwide new friends in a safe, wholesome way.

      Perhaps these “Hobby Haven” classrooms can be open on Fridays to students who have been in school every day that week (or absent with approved excuse). This may help to decrease society’s truancy issues.

    Red lighting has been shown to be beneficial for sleep. It is the least disruptive of our circadian rhythms and melatonin production.

    The current fluorescent lights in hospital rooms should be changed to newer LED overhead lighting that is capable of changing colors from red to blue to white through  user controlled internal electronic changes.


     We are talking pillows. Yes, perhaps a hospitalized patient’s head may not comfortably fit the pillows on the hospital bed. Perhaps the pillow is too soft, too hard, too small or too large for the patient to be comfortable.

     The top quarter of the hospital bed mattress is adapted so that computer controlled microsized foam rubber or air can be injected into (or out of) this enlargeable mattress. The patient or the patient’s family members can tell the attending nurse which type of pillow material should be tried- microsized foam rubber or air. The patient (or family members) will tell the nurse when the proper softness or hardness of the pillow is reached and when the proper size of the pillow is reached. Once again, this pillow is computer controlled so the air or foam rubber can be added or removed from the top quarter of this biomedically altered hospital mattress. There are no contamination issues to be addressed because of the non porous, able to be sanitized mattress barrier separating the inside of this pillow from the patient.